The reader learns about Robert in Cathedral mainly through the narrator, the husband, and the actions of Robert. The narrator directly states that Robert is blind and lives in Seattle. The husband learned this from his wife who used to be his care-taker and continues to stay in touch, so in a roundabout way we know this information only due to his wife even though the husband is the one to tell us. The narrator’s wife is the first one to tell the reader why Robert is coming to visit, his wife just died. Robert is also very strong emotionally. Even though his wife just died, he is able to appreciate humor and not dwell on the negatives of his life. The reader is able to infer that Robert is kind and a great listener. The wife and Robert are
Character Analysis: the narrator (Raymond Carver, “Cathedral”)
The narrator in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” is portrayed as someone who lacks insight and awareness of the things around him. He is paralyzed, stuck in a destructive way of living. The narrator does not realize the limitations he has placed on himself that prevent him from seeing things greater than life.
Carver exposes the narrator’s true personality using a first-person narrative. It isn’t hard to tell that the narrator is jealous….
In the story "Cathedral", by Raymond Carver, the narrator is conflicted with issues of inner-demons that are manifested in a blind man whom he perceives as a danger to his marriage. The narrator in this story is a good example of an anti-hero showing negative characteristics while never actually being a bad guy. This gives the idea that he is very humanistic character. That being said, he is a flawed character who is just trying to please his wife while not giving up what he wants. In….
Throughout Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” the nameless narrator, the main character develops emotionally through a situation that creates fear in an already introverted man. He does not want to go outside of his comfort zone and he is caught off guard when he is forced beyond his current developmental state. But, through a lesson from the blind narrator finds himself enlightened to the sentiments of the handicapped.
When the blind man, Robert, first arrives at the narrator’s house the two men….
One of the many tools authors can use when they write short stories is character development. One such author that creates two contrasting yet comparable characters in his stories is Robert Carver. In the short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, we see three main characters. The characters include the blind man, Robert, the blind man's friend, the wife, and her husband. Throughout the story Carver sets up Robert, the blind man, and her friend's husband to be contrasted in a variety of ways,….
Carver’s “Cathedral” is Bub. A person can be handicapped mentally. Bub is self-centered, and lives inside his own world. He is “blind” to the world around him and does not wish to open his mind to anything outside of his ignorant, pathetic, mundane life. Robert opens Bub’s mind, enabling Bub to see Robert as a person first, and not a blind man.
Robert is an old friend of Bub’s wife. Bub is jealous of his wife and Robert’s relationship, as well as her first husband. She worked for Robert during a….
In Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, a blind man is visiting his friend that took care of him ten years ago. Although never given a name in this story, the narrator's (Bub's) wife is an important character. It is her friendship with Robert that "makes" the story. For her, it started out just as a job, and grew into much more. She read to Robert and helped him with all the household chores. She left working for him because her husband went to officer training school so they had to move. The blind man….
Essay #1, Character Analysis
Blind Leading The Blind
In the short story, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, it all began when the narrators wife invites her blind friend over to visit her and her husband. The husband has normal vision, but in the beginning of the story, he is the one who is “blind.” For example, he is close minded and stereotypical about this blind man arriving to their home. The husband's words and actions when dealing with Robert is that the husband is uncomfortable….
poem cathedral by robert carvin the narrator is told by his wife that she is inviting a blind friend over the narrator finds out that his wife has been send audio tapes with a blind man named Robert who she worked for several years ago. at first the narrator was closed minded about the blind man but when the wife bring the blindman from the airport he introduces himself as robert the first thing that came to robert mind was that not what he was expecting a blind man to look like how robert was dressed….
Composition 2/ WRIT 102
2 February 2011
Analysis of “Cathedral”
The short story “Cathedral”, written by Raymond Carver is a rather simple story with a complex and revealing true meaning. A man, the narrator, is upset or uneasy about the arrival of his wife’s’ long time friend Robert. The main reason for him feeling upset is because the wife’s friend is blind. The narrator has obviously never experienced a blind person and is full of stereotypical thoughts and….
Professor Macklin Cowart
10 September 2014
“Cathedral”: The Importance of Transformation in the Characters
In “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver drastically creates changes within his characters that bring them closer together throughout each experience. The pertaining metamorphoses begin by being utilized as simple icebreakers but eventually commence an everlasting bond between the narrator and the blind man, Robert. Character development is important because it allows for a sense of realism….